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Homeland Security may drop passport initiative. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff met with Canadian officials earlier this week and said the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative may be scrapped in favor of a cheaper and simpler identification card. The initiative, which would require travelers to have a passport to cross the U.S./Canadian border, has received a lot of criticism. Jul 21, 2006

TSA offers more career options for screeners. The Transportation Security Administration wants to reduce staff turnover and is offering more career opportunities to airport screeners, The Washington Post's Stephen Barr writes. Screeners will be eligible to compete for higher-paying supervisory jobs after two years with TSA. Jul 21, 2006

Missile defense system too costly for commercial jets. Lasers that could knock down missiles aimed at airliners are too fragile and expensive to add to commercial fleets, the Department of Homeland Security says. Analysts will spend the next 18 months determining whether it is possible to make the systems more reliable and less expensive. Jul 19, 2006

Smart passports could streamline travel, impede terrorism. The U.S. government is pushing other countries to adopt smart passport technology in order to make travel easier for most but harder for terrorists and other criminals. Asia-Pacific immigration officials are meeting in Hong Kong to test the technology. Jul 19, 2006

US Senate passed an amendment introduced by Sen. Dick Durban (D-Ill.) that orders the Dept. of Homeland Security to develop new procedures to quickly eliminate the names of individuals incorrectly placed in the database of suspected terrorists, either because they were placed there in error or because their names are similar to those that belong in the database. Current clearance procedures require passengers to present a letter to airline employees each time they fly. The House of Representatives did not pass a similar measure with its version of the Homeland Security appropriations bill. Jul 18, 2006

Ranking terrorism targets challenging for U.S. officials. Officials at the Department of Homeland Security are struggling to rank potential terrorist targets. The Department of Homeland Security's target list comprises more than 77,000 events and locations. Many are of little national significance. Jul 17, 2006

Air Canada

Bomb Scare Causes Air Canada Diversion. An Air Canada flight to Toronto was ordered to return to Rochester, New York, on Wednesday, after some confusion over a bomb threat made by a person in custody, officials said. Jul 20, 2006

El Al

El Al issued a profit warning yesterday indicating that hostilities in the Middle East, increased competition and rising fuel costs will lead to a full-year loss, according to press reports. The carrier earned a record $64.1 million in 2005. Jul 20, 2006

Haiti airport

Haiti airport improves security standards, TSA says. U.S. officials say Haiti's Port-au-Prince airport has corrected security problems and is now up to international standards. The Transportation Security Administration in 2004 warned U.S. travelers the airport's security measures fell short of international standards. Jul 19, 2006

Orlando International Airport

Biometrics could become standard, CEO says. Biometric-fingerprint technology could eventually replace credit cards, passwords and keys, according to AuthenTec Chief Executive Scott Moody. Orlando International Airport currently uses the technology in its Registered Traveler program. Jul 19, 2006
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